Social Work class

Pursue your passion for improving people's lives

Professional training to provide advanced social work care.


Master of Social Work

The University of South Dakota's Master of Social Work program prepares professionals to provide social work services in diverse communities in South Dakota and the surrounding region. The Master of Social Work program seeks to educate a workforce of social workers who are able to deliver professional services such as clinical and therapeutic services, administrative and staff supervision, policy analysis, and community planning and organization, which will effectively meet the social services needs of the citizens of our state and region.

Students who apply to the MSW program at the University of South Dakota can chose to apply to take all course work either through the face-to-face format (classroom setting) or to take all their coursework through the fully online format. In addition, students can complete the degree as a full-time or part-time student.

All graduate social work courses in the MSW face to face format will be offered at the USD Health Science Center (USD HSC), 1400 W. 22nd Street, Sioux Falls, SD 57105. Courses are held on Monday or Tuesday from 8:30 am until 9:30 pm. Monday courses are dedicated to students who enter our program through the Regular Standing Track.

Admission Requirements

  1. Applicants must meet all the requirements of the USD Graduate School for admission.
  2. Baccalaureate degree must be from an institution with full regional accreditation for that degree.
    1. Individuals holding a bachelor’s degree in social work received from an accredited CSWE program may request consideration for advanced standing.
  3. An undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better for the conferred degree or demonstration that the applicant is able to maintain a 3.0 in graduate study is required. This can be demonstrated if a student has successfully completed two or more graduate courses. Advanced standing applicants must also have a minimum 3.0 GPA in social work courses. Each graduate program may admit students on provisional status per university policy.
  4. Please see for detailed admissions requirements

Degree Requirements

Regular Standing Designation and Degree Requirements

Regular Standing students are individuals who do NOT have a baccalaureate social work degree from a CSWE-accredited program. Regular Standing students begin courses in the fall term and complete 60 credit hours. Click here to view the Regular Standing Track course schedule for the full-time student.

Advanced Standing Designation & Degree Requirements

Advanced Standing track students are individuals who hold a baccalaureate degree in Social Work (e.g. BSW/BSSW) from a CSWE-accredited program. Advanced Standing Track students enter the program in the summer term and complete 36 credit hours. Click here to view the Advanced Standing Track course schedule for the full-time student.

The MSW Online Program

The Online Program is offered for Regular and Advanced Standing students who cannot commit to face to face offerings. It is offered fully online utilizing Desire 2 Learn software. Course schedule are the same as illustrated above for Regular Standing and Advanced Standing tracks.

Additional information is available on the department’s website,

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SocialWork CAS Application

Graduate School Application

Application Deadlines:

Graduate School Application Deadline: December 1
SocialWorkCAS Deadline: December 1

The Classroom & Beyond

  • Engaging Student Experience

    As a social work student, you get the opportunity to learn about the profession in a number of activities and organizations like conferences and the Social Work Student Association.

  • Hands-On Education

    All our students complete fieldwork as part of their education. There is a wide range of agencies and locations where our students participate in hands-on learning.

  • Hear from our Students

    Our students say our program's small class sizes and close interactions with professors better prepared them for their futures in social work.